Pune, June 3, 2020: As the heavy rainfall and gusty winds in the city caused due to the impact of Cyclone Nisarga interrupted the power supply in the city, the consumers took to Twitter to complain to the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) about power failures in different areas on Wednesday. The Twitter handle of MSEDC had been flooding with complaints since 10 in the morning. The problem was severe since many people are working from home due to the lockdown.
J Gupta, resident of NIBM told Punekarnews.in, “Power supply was disrupted at 10 am, and till 6 pm there was no electricity in my area. I work from home since the lockdown has started, and we had been told that there will be no power cut. But, today there was no power in my area.”
Shivanshu from Kharadi used Twitter to convey to the MSEDCL that there was no power in Kharadi since morning. “We hoped that some work is going on and power will be up by evening. It’s totally dark now. Pls can you help,” he wrote.
However, the spokesperson of MSEDCL Pune Nishikant Raut said, “Due to Cyclone Nisarga, the power supply in the district was disrupted. As many as 540 transformers stopped power supply, and out of these, 340 were stopped for security purpose in Maval, Junnar, Ambegaon and Khed talukas. Also, many parts in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad faced power cuts for a long time.”
He added, “The actual figure of loss of electricity DP boxes, cables and others will only be confirmed by Thursday evening. MSEDCL Engineers have started working to resume power supply on war foot. It is expected that the power will resume by night.”
As many as 82 transformers in Rajgurunagar, Chakan, Vadgaon, Talegaon and Lonavala of Maval and Khed talukas were disrupted. Along with these areas, 215 transformers in Bhimashankar, Ghodegaon, Narayangaon, Junnar, Pimplewadi, Naneghat, Manohar, Dimbhe, Aaptale, Ottur and Alephata of Junnar and Ambegaon had stopped functioning.
Around 112 transformers in Pimpri, Chinchwad, Ravet, Bhosari, Akurdi, Moshi, Charholi, Sangvi, Wakad, Bijlinagar, Kharalwadi, Pimple Saudagar and other areas in Pimpri-Chinchwad and Bhosari were disrupted.
In Pune, 85 transformers had stopped functioning on Wednesday. The power supply in Rasta Peth, NIBM Road, Khadi Machine Chowk, Kondhwa, Undri, Yewalewadi, Wanawadi, Guruwar Peth, Dattawadi, Hingane, Dhayari, Ramtekdi, Mundhwa, Hadapsar, Magarpatta, Pisoli, Keshavnagar, Mohammadwadi, Koregaon Park, Kothrud, Shivane, Warje, Gandhi Bhawan area, Bibwewadi, Dhankwadi, Taljai Pathar, Ambika Nagar, Bhilarewadi, Gangadham Road and Katraj areas was disrupted since Wednesday morning.